Gokyo Valley Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

 

Gokyo Valley Trek is a splendid journey on the outskirts of the beautiful Gokyo Ri Peak (5357 m), shimmering sapphire lakes, and the magnanimous Sherpas. An ascent to Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 5340 m stands as the highest point in this trek which comes with a spectacular view of Everest, Gokyo Valley, Gokyo lake, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and the beautiful lush green vegetation accompanied by wildlife and seasonal flora. As a result, popular among environmental scientist, ecologists, photographers, trekkers along with the pilgrims. 

Generally, Gokyo Valley Trek comes with a package of sightseeing the beautiful architecturally rich Kathmandu valley with ancient Pagoda temple and the spirited local people which continues with a morning flight to Lukla.

The trek begins with a descend to Phakding and ascent to Namche Bazaar passing across beautiful pine and rhododendron forest along the banks of Dudh Koshi river leading to the gateway of Everest - Namche Bazaar. For the purpose of acclimatization, we take a day break over there which comes very handy as you can enjoy the beautiful suburb enriching you spiritually as well as gather more information on mountaineering and climate. We also explore the market, visit monasteries and take a short tour of the museum and schools.

After taking needed rest, we head to Dole via Khumjung exploring the Himalayan lifestyle, people, and the landscape. As you climb to Dole you can see the sudden change in the surrounding, vegetation and civilization although some small tea houses keep you company at every step. From Dole - crossing the shepherds herding ground and following steep rugged trails, we reach Macchermo which leads us to Gokyo where you get a pool of opportunity to explore numerous glacier lakes such as Ngzommpa, Cho La, Dudh Pokhari and Gokyo lake itself. 

Lakes in the Gokyo Valley is well known as the freshwater lakes in the highest altitudes which have garnered it an honor to be enlisted on Ramsar site since 2007. It constitutes of five major lakes among which Thonak Cho (160.8 acres) is the largest followed by Gokyo Cho (160 acres). These lakes are the source of life for many including the wildlife, peoples, and vegetation which states its importance in every way whether religiously, culturally and environmentally becoming shrine (festival at August) and mode of survival. The lush green vegetation, pristine sapphire water, icy cold glaciers, gleaming snowcapped mountains, warm-hearted peoples - this trek has it all. 

At GHHT, we highly recommend this trip for you all - a veteran, nature lover, environmentalist, researcher, photographer, trekker or pilgrims. This trek to Gokyo Valley is definitely a journey of a lifetime which will linger the best memories of life. Moreover, owing to lush green vegetation, seasonal flora, landscape, wildlife, and glaciers this site is gaining admiration from researchers, environmental scientist, ecologists, and photographers apart from the pilgrims and trekkers.

 

 

ITINARARY



 

 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 meter & 4264 feet)

After your arrival at the airport, our representative of GHHT - Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be waiting for you outside the exit terminal. After greetings & welcome, we will drive you to your respective hotel for you to overcome the jet lag or freshen up & relax. Later in the evening, GHHT will be hosting a welcome dinner in a fine Nepali restaurant which serves you delightful Nepali cuisine.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pick Up in a Private Car.



 

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu and Trek preparation

Today we will start our trip by visiting four UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu city. Initially, we will be visiting the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square. Next, we will visit Hindu holiest shrine of Nepal - the Pashupatinath temple. After that, we will visit the well known Swayambhunath temple - simply known as monkey temple. Next, we will be heading to the Boudhanath stupa which is a pilgrimage site of Buddhists. This is also the largest stupa in the world and is a very popular site. Later, probably afternoon - we will gather at GHHT office and discuss the trip and also introduce you to other fellow participants joining you. We will spend our night at Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.



 

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800 m & 9184 feet): Trek to Phakding (2652 m & 8700 feet): 3 - 4 Hrs.

Today early morning - we take a flight to Lukla and during your flight, you will be enjoying the amazing view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest. Reaching Lukla - we will meet other crew members and begin our trek towards Phakding. We will spend our night at Phakding.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m & 11283 feet): 5 - 6 Hrs

Today we will be trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River and come across abundant villages, chortens, monasteries and even cross the suspension bridge several times. On the way to Benkar village, we will get a picturesque view of the Himalayas including Mount Thamserku. At Monjo, our trekking permits will be checked and then we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. After that, we will descend down and then trek for awhile & reach Jorsale and then to Namche Bazaar. We will enjoy walking via the river bed and cross the Hillary suspension bridge and then ascend to Namche Bazaar. We will relish the breathtaking views of Kusum peak, Kwangde peak, Lhotse, Kangaru peak, Tawache and highest mountain Everest. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization

Today is the day for acclimatizing the altitude or to properly adapt the altitude to get rid of altitude sickness. Instead of staying idle - we will be hiking towards Khumjung village and enjoy the amazing view of the Himalayas. We can also wander around Namche Bazaar to explore Sherpa culture and their traditions. In Khumjung, you will be visiting the Khumjung monastery where Yeti scalp are kept in this monastery. We will then ascend to Syangboche and from here we will enjoy the mind-blowing views of Thamserku, Khumbila, and Kongde peaks. We will then hike back to Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810 m & 12496 feet): 5 - 6 Hrs.

Today we will leave Namche Bazaar on a path with steady up and down and on the way - we will spot several animals like musk deer, pheasants, Himalayan Thar and more. From here - we will descend down to Kyanjuma. After that, we will follow the trails of Gokyo and on the way to Mong, we will get a slight view of Ama Dablam, Tawache, Khumbila and Thamserku mountains. After that, we will be descending down towards Dudh Koshi River and then climb via rhododendron forests to reach Phorse. We get great views of Cholatse and Tawache peaks. We will spend our night at Phorse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 07: Phorse village to Machhermo (4470 m & 14663 feet): 5 - 6 Hrs.

Today we start our day crossing the Dudh Koshi River and on the way, we might also come across wildlife such as the Himalayan Pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats and more. We will be trekking via forests, cascading waterfall and bridge to reach Dole. We will climb on a steady trail with a scenic view of Kantega, Thamserku, and Cho Oyu mountains. After that, we will climb towards Luza village and walk for awhile over Dudh Koshi River. We will continue our trek through the tiny village and sandy path to reach Machhermo.  After reaching here, we will be visiting the Himalayan Rescue Hospital and attend altitude sickness class where you will be briefed about the precautions of altitude sickness. We will spend our night at Machhermo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 08: Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m & 15744 feet): 5-6 Hrs.

Today we will be ascending to the high hill and relish the view of Kangtega and Dudh Koshi River including the Cho Oyu and Thamserku mountains. From here - our valley widens and then our trail passes via chortens and then we reach Phangga. Before descending down to river bank - we will ascend to the moraine of Ngozamba glacier. Before reaching Gokyo - we will be passing Longpongo, Dudh Pokhari, and Raboche Tscho. We will spend our night at Gokyo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 09: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m & 17570 feet) & Hike to Fifth lakes: 5 - 6 Hrs.

Today once again - we will be acclimatizing the altitude at Gokyo if the weather supports us - we will climb towards Gokyo Ri. Reaching the top of the Gokyo Ri - we can admire the amazing view of Himalayas as well as tranquil Gokyo Lakes. We will be also be hiking to the Gokyo Lake. We will then ascend close to the hill rewarded with the stunning views of Mount Cho Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang and Makalu. After that, we will retrace back to Gokyo. We will spend our night at Gokyo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: 3 - 4 Hrs.

We will descend down on the trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River and then be passing the Gokyo lakes and on the way, we will be enjoying the great views of Taboche and Cholatse peaks. We will then climb up the hill and then descend down gradually. We will then pass chorten and at the edge of this chorten, we will get the captivating views of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thaserku mountains. We will then trek towards Machhermo, Lhafarma and Luza village and then reach Dole. We will spend our night at Dole.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4 - 5 Hrs.

We will descend down on the steep path towards Phortse Thanga through rhododendron and cascading waterfall. On the way, we might also come across Himalayan pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats and more. On the way to Mong, we will again get the amazing views of Mount Khumbila. We will then head on the trail to Namche and can spot the amazing views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega and Taboche peaks. With a few hours of trekking - we will reach Namche army camp and enjoy the last views of the mountains. After trekking for a while - we finally reach  Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 - 8 Hrs.

Before trekking on a level trail - we will first descend on the rocky path and then be crossing the suspension bridge several times to reach Lukla. Today our trek finally comes to an end. We will spend our night at Lukla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.



 

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu

Today early morning after breakfast, we will take a flight to Kathmandu. Landing at the Kathmandu airport - our representative from GHHT will drop you at the hotel. You can relax at the hotel and start packing your luggage as tomorrow you will be flying to your destination. In the evening the GHHT will be hosting a farewell dinner. We will spend our night at Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu.



 

Day 14: Final Departure

Today your voyage to Gokyo valley is completed and one of our representatives from GHHT will drop you to the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

 

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle.



INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Airport pick up/ drop and all ground transports in private vehicle
  • two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 2- 3star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
  • Farewell dinner
  • Government taxes & office service charge

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO



 

Hotel and Lodge on Gokyo Valley:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.



 

Food and Drinks for Gokyo Ri Valley Trek:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.



 

Best Seasons:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.



 

Luggage/Backpack on Gokyo Ri Trek:

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.



 

Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 



 

Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Gokyo Ri trek with a minimum solitary client to a maximum of 12 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.



 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.



 

Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.



 

A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.



 

Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your Gokyo Valley trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.



 

Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary of the Gokyo Lake Trek is 14 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 14 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

 



Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

 

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.



 

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 



 

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla:

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company which can be deposited directly in the office of the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.



 

If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 14 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Hiking & trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Guided Trip,Tea House Trek

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest

Price: USD 1,170

Group size: Min 1-12 Max

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

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